An international conference titled 'Emerging Sri Lanka: Prospects for Development & Reconciliation' was held in the Sri Lankan Embassy in Tokyo recently.
The Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Japan, Admiral (Rtd.) Wasantha Karannagoda, delivered the opening address at this Conference. In his address, he encompassed the vitality of this subject of Development and Reconciliation, particularly for Sri Lanka. He further accentuated the importance of analysing and of obtaining different perspectives, with regard to the theme of this Conference, in order for the guests and participants to comprehend this broad and complex subject.
The Ambassador concluded his brief opening address by stating that both the Development and Reconciliation should be addressed in tandem.
Prof. Monte Cassim, Vice Chancellor of the Ritsunmeikan University in Japan, delivering the key note address focused on Open innovation platforms for climate change adaptation, biodiversity mapping and addressing of lifestyle diseases.
Given the importance and significance of this International Conference, there were two segments and a panel discussion. The two key segments were Empowering Local Economies and Development; and Peace Building and Reconciliation.
The first segment of the Conference included issues such as Asia ís Growth Experience, Mineral Based Industry for Economic Prosperity of Sri Lanka, Development Strategy for Small Economies, Emerging Competitive Advantages of Sri Lanka, Social Development and Labour Productivity, and Inflation Growth Nexus of Sri Lanka.
The second segment of the Conference, which was Peace Building and Reconciliation, included issues such as Housing Reconstruction in the North and East of Sri Lanka, Role of International Community in the Integration and Rehabilitation, Promotion of Family Tourism in Sri Lanka, Peace Building in the Post-conflict era and Cases of Reconciliation in other countries, among others.
The panel discussion, which was chaired by Prof. Monte Cassim, included academics and experts in the realm of Development and Reconciliation both from Japan and from Sri Lanka.
The panel discussants proposed several courses of action to be executed and implemented with regard to the prospects for development and reconciliation. The participants and guests raised and broached a number of questions and comments to the speakers and to the discussants within the theme of the Conference.